The Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) is an ongoing program funded by the Victorian Government, which provides local emergency services volunteer groups access to grants for operational equipment, vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility improvements.
VESEP grant applications are assessed against set criteria by an assessment panel chaired by Emergency Management Victoria and comprised of representatives from relevant emergency services organisations. For further information on grant eligibility, applications and what can be funded, refer to the Emergency Management Victoria website.
Grant rollout755 grants$30.8m investment
Country Fire Authority (CFA) is a volunteer and community-based fire and emergency services organisation that works together with communities to keep Victorians safe from fire and other emergencies. CFA’s mission is to protect lives and property and to continually evolve to remain a modern and progressive emergency services organisation.
CFA’s long term strategic outcomes are to:
- Reduce the incidence and impact of fire emergencies on the community
- Reduce the impact of non-fire emergencies on the community
- Be a highly trusted and respected fire and emergency service
- Increase community resilience to fire and non-fire emergencies
To assist CFA’s ongoing efforts to achieve these outcomes to the benefit of all Victorians, the Victorian Government through the VESEP grants provides continuing support to ensure appropriate resources are available so these committed volunteers can respond effectively to all emergencies.
Grant rollout167 grants$8.4m investment
Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) provides emergency assistance to minimise the impact of emergencies and strengthen the community’s capacity to plan, respond and recover, when emergencies occur.
Established in 1950, VICSES operates under the Victoria State Emergency Act 2005, and is the control agency for flood, storm, tsunami, earthquake and landslide emergencies throughout Victoria. VICSES also provides the largest road rescue network in Australia, with specialist teams in 102 of their 149 units across the state.
VICSES provides emergency assistance to thousands of Victorians every year, and plays an important role in supporting other emergency services in search and rescue operations, as well as during fire and other emergency incidents.
With such a large responsibility and response area, VICSES is strongly supported through VESEP grants, with annual allocations providing units with a range of resources including operational equipment, vehicles, trucks, trailers and minor facility improvements.
Grant rollout123 grants$2.9m investment
Established in 2002, through the merger of Surf Life Saving Victoria and the Royal Surf Life Saving Society Australia Victoria Branch, Life Saving Victoria (LSV) has 32,000 volunteer members.
LSV’s mission is to prevent aquatic related death and injury in all Victorian communities, with a vision that all Victorians learn water safety, resuscitation and how to swim, and be provided with safe aquatic environments and venues.
LSV will achieve this by working with its members, communities, educational institutions, governments, and other like organisations in the provision of best practice education, surveillance and rescue, training, and aquatic risk management services.
VESEP grants in support of LSV provide for operational equipment, vehicles, watercraft, trailers and minor facility improvements to support the provision of these objectives.
Grant rollout42 grants$1.2m investment
Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) units across the state play an important role in the safety of boaters around Victoria’s coastline, out at sea, and in many of our inland waterways.
MSAR is made up of more than 800 volunteers, with rescues ranging from assisting sinking vessels, responding to vessels in distress and with other mechanical problems, to vessels that have run aground and need to be towed back to safe harbour.
In February 2016, the Victorian Government committed to high-level reform to better support the crucial service provided by the MSAR sector.
This decision followed the 2014 Parliamentary Inquiry into Marine Rescue Services in Victoria, which found that increased governance and regulation would be beneficial in supporting a more effective service.
Grant rollout23 grants$805,917 investment
Within the emergency services sector, there are a range of other entities that volunteer their time, resources and skills to support the community throughout Victoria, and these agenices are also eligible for VESEP grants. This includes but is not limited to:
- Marine Search and Rescue flotillas (outside of the Volunteer Coast Guard Assocation)
- Bush Search and Rescue
- St John Ambulance divisions
- Ski patrol divisions
- Emergency radio broadcasters